‘We will not surrender’: Gaddafi remains defiant Western powers attacking Libya will end up in the dustbin of history, Muammar Gaddafi said as an American admiral signalled a possible new phase in the air campaign could be attacks on his advancing tanks.
Gaddafi attacks rebel towns, U.S. plane down In the first apparent air force casualty of the campaign, a U.S. F-15E crashed in Libya overnight and its two crew members were rescued, the U.S. military said. The crash was likely caused by mechanical failure and not hostile fire, it said. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
Coalition forces: Why Libya? International forces launched military action in Libya, but in Bahrain and Yemen — where 50 protesters were shot dead by pro-government snipers — the allies have offered nothing more than the verbal equivalent of a slap on the wrist.
Infographic: Operation Odyssey Dawn The first phase of military action against Libya to impose a UN-mandated no-fly zone got underway on Saturday. However, even as the first planes took off, world leaders were still talking at an emergency summit in Paris over what to do about the crisis. France’s warplanes carried out air strikes, follow swiftly by U.S. and British warships and submarines firing Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya’s air defence systems. Operation Odyssey Dawn continued to roll out over the weekend, striking various targets throughout the country.
Photos: Operation Odyssey Dawn Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)